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Basic Safety Tactics for Your Chimney and Fireplace

Once your chimney has received the all-clear, it’s important to follow these basic safety tactics to ensure a safe environment for your chimney and fireplace:

Clear the Area: Keep the area in front of the fireplace clear of paper and debris. While it may be tempting to place decorations close to the fireplace during the holidays, it’s important to keep them at a safe distance.

Use a Wire Mesh Screen: If your fireplace doesn’t have a glass door, make sure to use a wire mesh screen to prevent sparks and embers from escaping.

Burn Seasoned Hardwoods: Use seasoned hardwoods that have been split for at least six months to a year. Avoid burning “green” wood, as it creates more creosote. Refrain from burning your Christmas tree (pine can create more creosote) and never throw wrapping paper, boxes, or trash into the fireplace.

Clear the Area Near the Chimney: Ensure that the area near the chimney is clear. If you have trees hanging over the house near the chimney, make sure branches and leaves are at least 15 feet away to minimize fire hazards.

Install a Chimney Cap: Cap your chimney with a top that has wire mesh along the sides. This will help keep out rain, snow, birds, and other critters that may be roaming around on the roof.

Burn Wood Smartly: Avoid burning too much wood at once, as it can lead to chimney cracks and the risk of creosote build-up. Burn wood on a grate placed near the back of the fireplace for optimal burn control.

By following these simple safety tactics, you can enjoy your chimney and fireplace while ensuring the safety of your home and loved ones. Contact us for any chimney services or questions you may have.

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